An era is about to come to an end for Barcelona as their legendary wingback, Jordi Alba, has decided to leave the club after almost 11 years of association.
Jordi Alba has been one of the most reliable names in the Barcelona team for the past 5-6 years. His presence in the left wing has been crucial, and the player has always delivered when his team needs it the most.
Jordi Alba to leave Barcelona
Famous Football reporter Fabrizio Romano confirmed Alba’s departure. Meaning that the Catalonian club will be losing two of its veterans in a single season.
Last week, Sergio Busquets also announced his intention to depart from the club.
Jordi Alba was already garnering a lot of attention from different clubs after having lost his place to Alejandro Balde. But now that it was confirmed that the player would have to take a significant pay cut to stay, he has decided to move on.
Although there are not many clubs lined up to buy the left back yet, it goes without saying that he will garner a great amount of attention from European Giants.
The 34-year-old has played 604 games for the team and managed to score 37 goals in them. On top of that, he has provided 107 assists as well.
Although his services will not be missed on the left-hand side, with Balda playing the role to perfection, it is the character of Alba that will definitely be missing. He was one of the captains of the team in the 2022/23 season that saw them winning the title after a hiatus of 4 years.
Messi to Barcelona more than a possibility?
The departure of Alba and Busquets, and Messi can be a blessing in disguise for Barcelona. It is no longer a secret that the Blaugranas are trying all they can to bring back their talisman Lionel Messi.
But for that to turn into a reality, they had to let some players go, and Busquets and Alba are just the beginning. There might be more departures as we head towards the transfer window.
As things stand Barcelona are far away from their target of signing Messi. However, all these small moves can definitely make a big impact when it comes to making the final signing.
Lionel Messi, who is currently associated with Paris Saing Germain, has decided not to sign a renewal with the Paris-based club. He will allow his contract to run down and wait for Barcelona to make their offer.
For those who don’t know, Messi has played for Barcelona all his life. It was tragic to see him leave the club in 2021, but a return can certainly fill all the voids in the hearts of the fans.